How Selfisness Came Into The World
The Creation of the world is beautifully explained in Genesis, the first Book of the Bible. In it, God tells us that He created the world in six days and on the seventh day He rested.
Adam was lonely, so God created Eve to be a companion to Adam, a "helpmate" God called her, "Woman" because she was taken out of man. They were both naked, but they were not embarrassed. Eve was created equal to Adam, but she was different in appearance. God created them "man and female."
They were both created full of grace and without sin. Adam gave to Eve and Eve gave to Adam, and they lived totally happy for one another.
One day, Eve stopped near the tree which God had told them, "not to eat or touch or they would surely die." Note too, that Adam was not present at this time, and Eve put herself in a position she should not have been in. The tree was a no, no. But Eve was curious.
Then she heard a cultivated, attractive voice saying: "Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden? See how this voice was already confusing? God did not tell Adam and Eve not to eat any fruit from the garden, only from one particular tree. Then Eve made her first mistake! Instead of answering she should have gone back to the protection of Adam. But the voice was attractive and her curiosity became over powering and answered that there was only one particular tree which was forbidden to them, "for if they ate it or even touched it they would surely die."
The snake replied: "That is not true, you will not die. God said that because He knows that when you eat it you will be like God and know what is good and what is evil." Here the devil is actually telling Eve that God is a liar and Eve believed him. Eve looked at the tree and saw how beautiful it was, and she thought how wonderful it would be to become wise like God.
Up until this point, everything Adam and Eve possessed had been gifts from God. Now, however, the devil handed her a new gift, the gift of selfishness, which had not been present until that very moment. Every thought Eve had up to that moment was for the welfare of her husband. But now she wanted something for herself, to be as wise as God. Selfishness is always destructive as was the case with Eve. She took a bite from the fruit and immediately realized her mistake. To justify herself she gave it to Adam who also ate the fruit. As soon as they had eaten they were given understanding and realized they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves together and covered themselves. (Genesis 3-7)
Now we come to an interesting part, something we are all familiar with, namely, blaming others for our faults.
That evening they heard the Lord God walking in the garden, and they hid from Him behind the trees. God called out to the man, "Where are you? God has appointed Adam as protector over Eve, and although Eve was the one who first ate the fruit, it was Adam who stood accused.
Adam answered, "I heard you but I was afraid and hid from you because I was naked." "Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat the fruit I told you not to eat?" Adam's answer was a typical one. "The woman gave me the fruit and I ate it." In other words, it was not my fault, she gave it to me, therefore it is her fault. Then God asked the woman, "Why did you do this?" Eve was not afraid to pass the buck either, for she answered, "The snake tricked me into eating it."
The point of this part of Genesis is, as the Church teaches, not to put ourselves into the occasion of sin. If Eve had stayed away from that tree by not giving in to her curiosity, she never would have fallen. Neither would she have seduced her husband into joining her in sin. If we do commit sin, own up and don't blame others. Every person has a choice to say yes or no to sin.
This also teaches clearly that the husband is the head of the family and carries the awesome responsibility to protect his family from all evil. This one sin from our first parents changed the course of God's plan for the human race and will affect every person from the beginning to the end of the world. Sin always destroys and brings pain and suffering and division. It destroys nations, communities and families. Whereas selflessness and sacrifice brings it back together. The only way is to do as Jesus asked, "if you want to be a follower of mine, pick up your daily cross and follow me."
As Jesus walked his way of the Cross, He could have accused each and everyone present, "It is your fault that I have to go through this pain." But He didn't. He carried His Cross with a silent dignity, without blaming anyone and did His Father's will. This is the greatest unselfishness that ever was and ever will be. The least we can do is to try and imitate him without complaining doing what we ought to do.